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NEWEST: "Wild," by Beth Nybeck.

This trio of boxy metal bears is not technically the newest piece of art in the city, but some of the more recent acquisitions, from artists including Nathan Oliveira, Bruce Beasley, Roger Stoller, Brad Oldham and Mark Verlander, aren't visible because they've yet to be placed or are hidden by construction at Mitchell Park. "Wild" was truly a community effort, DeMarzo says. Over the course of a few years, the art commission visited with the Midtown Residents Association and asked what the community wanted before putting out a national call. Beth Nybeck won the commission and the locals seem happy. "Every time I'm out there, I see kids climbing on the bears," DeMarzo says. Photo courtesy the City of Palo Alto.

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